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Driving Lessons in Botley, Hampshire

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5 Hour Starter

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Motorway Driving Lessons

Motorway confidence building lessons from £28 per hour.

Smart Drive UK Botley welcomes you to one of the best driving schools in the area. We have years of experience transforming complete rookies into not just people that can pass driving tests, but master drivers.

Given the large number of driving schools in the UK, it can be difficult to choose the right one. With Smart Drive UK, you no longer have to waste time in the selection process, as with us you are guaranteed to work with truly qualified instructors, who will not only help ensure you pass your test, but also that you become a responsible driver. You have found the home of reliable driving instructors in the Botley area. All our instructors are fully trained and DVSA approved, so you can be sure of the best possible service.

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Smart Drive UK Driving School – Awarded 2018/2019/2020

Most Trusted Non-Commercial Driver Trainer School 2020

Driving School of the Year 2019

Best for Class B Driver Training Services 2018 & Best for Promoting Road Safety by Influencing Driver Behaviour

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Will you pick me up and drop me off at a location of my choosing?

Our service is for you, if you are looking for a driving school that can work around your busy schedule, instead of disrupting it. We take pride in the flexibility we offer to our students, as we have instructors that are always willing to pick you up wherever you may be, and ensure you do not miss your classe. We understand the need for you to only want to focus on driving training, instead of how to get to the training location and back, so we are able to, for instance, pick you up at school and drop you off at home after the session. Like to find out more about this service? Get in touch with us right away.

Building your confidence

It is perfectly normal to feel scared when you get in a car for the first time. The most experienced drivers also feel nervous from time to time. There are a number of reasons to feel anxious whilst driving, after all, there are a number of things that can go wrong. At Smart Drive UK, our driving lessons are designed to take away the fear and doubt associated with driving. Today, we have developed a system that is focused on helping you to develop your driving skills while tackling your nervousness. Our instructors are skilled and patient, and know the best ways to help you feel relaxed as you drive. Want to find out more about our driving lessons? Get in touch with us right away. Give us a call on 07760 767170.

Excellent first time pass rate

Many learner drivers believe that it is perfectly fine to fail the driving test the first time. The number of people that fail their driving test may be high, but the number that passes the test the first time is also high. Statistics have shown us time and time again that a first time pass is the most likely outcome of your driving test. Failing a driving test is not just disappointing, it can be financially and emotionally draining to prepare for another attempt. Smart Drive UK is the place to go if you are after a driving school that has the best lessons to prepare you for a first time pass. It is our pleasure to announce that we have some of the best first time pass rates across the UK.

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How much do driving lessons cost in Botley?

Receiving driving lessons at Smart Drive UK is an inexpensive, as well as fun, and interesting way to get your driver’s license. Our pricing policy is designed to be affordable for everyone truly interested in becoming an expert driver. Rest assured you’ll get nothing but competitive pricing when you choose us. It’s possible you might find a cheaper driving school around Botley, but you likely won’t enjoy the experience as much as you would with Smart Drive UK. What’s the cheapest way of booking my driving lessons? Is booking driving lessons too expensive for you? Our platform makes it easy to book, and you’ll have the choice to enquire online, here on our website, or call our office to do so in person. Regardless of how you book, we’ll always have an excellent deal for you.

Driving Lessons and Courses Prices

Beginner’s packages

We have different driving lesson packages at Smart Drive UK for different types of clients. Maybe you started learning to drive somewhere else and didn’t finish, or you learnt elsewhere and didn’t pass the first time. We also have programmes for people who have no knowledge whatsoever about driving Whatever it is you require, rest assured we have a suitable package to match it.

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Driving Lesson Prices In Botley

5 Lesson Beginner Starter Package (Manual Only) £ 115.00

Beginner Starter packages are for learners who have had no previous experience. Please Note 1 Lesson is the equivalent to 1 hour.

Manual Driving Lessons – Prices

First lesson (Saving up to 50%) £16.00
1 hour £ 32.00
10 Hour block booking £ 295.00
1 Hour Motorway £ 36.00
Intensive Driving Courses Available: PASS WITHIN ONE WEEK
15 Hours ( Previous experience 25/30 hours ) £ 427.50
20 Hours ( Previous experience 20/25 hours ) £ 570.00
25 Hours ( Previous experience 15/20 hours ) £ 712.50
30 Hours ( Previous experience 10/15 hours ) £ 855.00
35 Hours ( Previous experience 5/15 hours ) £ 997.50
45 Hours ( No previous experience ) £ 1255.00
Pass Plus – Six Hours £ 216.00

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What type of cars do you have for learners?

We know that there are many students that want to learn how to drive in manual cars, and there are also those that prefer automatic transmission. We have both manual and automatic cars to learn in, so the choice of car comes down to you. Whatever option you choose to go with, you will be in good company, as there are lots of manual and automatic drivers in the UK. Can’t make up your mind on one choice over the other? You can talk to us right away and we will be delighted to help  (please note automatic cars are subject to availability). You are just a phone call away from getting expert advice.

Should I begin my driving lessons before I have passed the theory test?

Many people will tell you it’s better to pass the theory test before taking practical driving lessons. This system has it benefits, as you will then know enough about using a car before getting behind the wheel. However, at Smart Drive UK, we believe it’s better to combine both theoretical and practical training. The combination creates a synergy which makes it easier to grasp both elements of driving training at the same time. Another advantage to starting your driving test right away, is that you will be better prepared for the theory test.

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How long will it take to complete a lesson?

We know it is important for you to know the duration of each lesson, so as to better plan your day. The duration of each lesson is dependent on the teacher, as well as how fast you assimilate information. However, our system of training means that our students generally spend around a couple of hours on each lesson. Interested in a different training schedule? Call us on 07760 767170 to find out more.

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How often should I have my driving lessons?

We all have different schedules. However, it is best if a learner driver gets at least two hours of driving training every week. Depending on your situation, you can decide to keep this schedule. If, however, you want a more flexible schedule, we are always willing to accommodate you. If you prefer back to back training each day, this can speed up your learning process, and help you prepare for the driving test that little bit faster. Regardless of your schedule, we can always make arrangements to suit you.

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Please fill free to call us on 08450 179 778 or Text/Call on 07760 767170.

Can I have lessons in my own car?

Certain people prefer receiving their driving training behind the wheel of their own car. This is understandable, and may even be a great idea if you intend on using your own car during your driving test. Such an arrangement could also be beneficial if the car is a new one and you are trying to familiarise yourself with it. Regardless of what your motive might be, Smart Drive UK can deliver driving lessons in your own car. But we cannot provide this service if your vehicle isn’t deemed roadworthy, or if it is uninsured and unregistered. Our instructors will need to inspect the car to check for valid registration, and may be required to notify your insurance company that the car will be used for driving lessons.

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Can I have more than one lesson a week?

If your schedule allows for more than one lesson a week, then there’s no reason not to take advantage. At Smart Drive UK, we have both fixed and flexible schedules that can accommodate everyone. If your plan is to speed up the learning process by having multiple lessons in a week, we can arrange that. At the end of the day, what matters is that you’re able to grasp what is being taught and can pass the driving test the first time. The impressive first time pass rate of our students is a clear indication you’re in capable hands with Smart Drive UK, regardless of the schedule or learning speed you choose.

Booking a driving lesson Botley

Are you looking for the best place to take driving lessons? Congratulations, because you’ve struck gold. In Botley, Smart Drive UK is a trusted partner that can help you ace your driving test on the first try. You can email us via our website to tell us about your special requirements, or you can simply call our office to talk to any of our helpful staff.

Manual Driving Lessons

Are you interested in manual driving lessons? We can deliver. Smart Drive UK’s skilled and experienced instructors make manual driving lessons interesting and enjoyable. Our instructors know what they’re doing, and will take time and be patient when teaching you how manual vehicles work. Our manual driving lesson includes how to safely change gears, clutch control, and how to confidently manoeuvre through traffic. Once you learn to drive a manual car, you don’t have to bother about learning to drive an automatic. This is because our manual driving lessons cover both vehicle types

What is Pass Plus?

Simply put, Pass Plus is a scheme targeted at new drivers in the UK who’ve passed their driving test. One of the problems new drivers face is finding the confidence to drive on the roads. Once you’ve passed your driving test, our next job at Smart Drive UK is to help you develop the skills and knowledge needed to make you a safer and more confident driver. Your initial training will get you familiar with most major road conditions, but Pass Plus training will allow you to leave your immediate vicinity to experience the roads first hand. Want more information? Call us now for more on our Pass Plus scheme.

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New Hazard Perception Test

The Hazard Perception test is part of the UK theory test for learner drivers. You cannot be issued a full driver’s license without passing the Hazard Perception test. A series of videos will be shown during the test, depicting everyday road scenes and a developing hazard. Responding appropriately to the developing hazard will determine if you pass the test. To ensure you progress to the practical driving test at the DVLA, we offer our students comprehensive preparation for the Hazard Perception test, which is a precursor. Our trainers will guide you with our collection of Hazard Perception videos and revision questions, to fully prepare you on what to expect.

Does Smart Drive UK offer refresher driving courses?

If it’s it been a long time since you last drove, and are in need of a short refresher course, you’re on the right website. We offer refresher courses to those who know how to drive but haven’t had the chance to drive for a long while. Our refresher course can, within a short while, have you confidently seated behind the wheel of a car on any major road. Need more information? Call us today.

Does Smart Drive UK offer intensive driving courses?

Are you looking to take intensive driving lessons? Maybe you have an upcoming interview for a job that requires you to drive. You may have other reasons for wanting to learn how to drive fast. Regardless of your motivation, Smart Drive UK has got you covered. In no time, we can train you to be a skilful, fully confident, and licensed driver.

Does Smart Drive UK offer advanced driving courses?

Want to take your driving skills to a higher level? Maybe you took basic driving lessons or you learnt to drive at home. Whatever your reasons, at Smart Drive UK, we have the skills, experience and patience to help you build your knowledge and confidence, to the point where you’re considered an expert driver. In BotleyX, we’ve recorded great success at upgrading the basic skills of many drivers to advanced levels. Don’t hesitate to contact us for more information.

Book in bulk, save more

Meeting the expectations of our customers is at the core of what we do at Smart Drive UK. This is why we offer a discount package for block bookings. So, if you are an organisation looking to give your staff driving lessons, or a school looking to give a set of eligible students a beginner’s course in driving, Smart Drive UK is the right place to go. You can find out more about this special package. Let us know the size of your group and what your requirements are by sending us an email.

How do you make a payment for driving lessons?

Your convenience matters to us at every point of contact. This is why we make it easy to pay for lessons in your own way. Depending on which is easier, you can write a cheque or make payment directly into the driving instructor’s account electronically. You are also permitted to make cash payments in each lesson. Our goal is to ensure you get utmost satisfaction.

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Theory Test Practice

Passing your driving test gets easier with us, as we have made provision for you to practice. Smart Drive UK makes provisions for mock theory test practice modelled after the DVLA driving exam. In order to qualify for the actual theory test, you need to pass the DVLA theory practice test and passing our mock test means you can do it.

Qualify for your driving license in Botley

You are required to pass the official DVLA driving test before you can obtain your driver’s license. The level of expertise with which we deliver our driving courses ensures that you’ll be able to pass the test after taking any of our driving courses. Our customers have proven that our courses are likely to result in a first time pass.

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What is the process of booking a test like?

First, we suggest that you make your booking via the official Gov.UK website. If you book it through third party websites, you could end up paying more than you should. You need to have passed the theory test and hazard perception test before you book your driving test. Sound confusing? Don’t worry, our instructors at Smart Drive UK will be available to guide you through every stage of the process.

What is the duration of the tests?

The driving test has five aspects, which include an eyesight check, driving ability, safety questions, vehicle reversing, and independent driving. It is the same process for automatic transmission as it is for manual transmission. You will only have to spare about 40 minutes to complete the driving test.

It’s test day, now what?

Once you have showed your provisional license and theory test certificate, you will be asked to read the digits of a license plate a few feet away to prove you have good eyesight. Next, you will have to demonstrate your knowledge by answering a series of show and tell questions, but only if you pass the eye test. Following this, you will have to prove your skills as a driver and let the examiner know that you are capable of reversing a vehicle and driving on different types of roads effectively and safely. The test includes 20 minutes of independent driving, possibly with an emergency stop. The entire driving test should last about 40 minutes. We understand that you may be extremely nervous during the practical driving test, but remember that you have already encountered all you’ll have to do in your driving lessons.

What to do after the test

Ready for a full driving license

You should be proud now that you have passed your practical driving test. This means you are now qualified to apply for a proper driving license. The results of your practical driving test will be sent to the DVLA, where your license will be processed. You should receive your license no later than three weeks after passing the practical driving test. In order to ensure you have all the assistance you need, we at Smart Drive UK are always available to guide you through the process of obtaining a driving license. Until you have been officially licensed as a qualified driver, our job is not done.

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Further lessons for after the test in Botley

While the test may have seemed tough, driving on the actual motorway is the real challenge. From driving in harsh weather to driving at night, you will have to deal with the everyday realities of driving. You don’t have to handle this on your own. You can familiarise yourself with motorway driving in and around Botley with help from our series of post-test driving lessons. Give us a call right now for more information.

Advanced courses for drivers in Botley

Are you in Botley? Have you been off the road for a long time and are looking to brush up your driving skills? Let’s help you brush them up. At Smart Drive UK, we’ve helped hundreds of individuals become better drivers in very little time. If you plan to improve your driving skills and confidence, don’t hesitate to contact us by calling our office for Botley. You also have the option of texting or emailing us for more information.

Refresher Driving Courses

You may need to boost your skills with a short refresher driving course. With our refresher driving course series, you’ll get back on the road in no time. Learn more by getting in touch with us now.

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Please fill free to call us on 08450 179 778 or Text/Call on 07760 767170.

FAQs

Can I be picked up at a location that I choose?
We are one of the leading driving schools with regards to pick-up time flexibility. We believe it’s important to offer you flexibility when it comes to the meet up than you, and so we can pick you up at a location that fits your schedule and drop you off at another point. For instance, if you need an arrangement where you were picked up at a certain location and drop to him at the end of the day, we can help as long as it is a reasonable distance from your normal pickup point.
Do you have the right variety of cars that I can learn with?
You have a great deal of flexibility on the car you choose to drive, as we have a wide range of learner manual cars.
Need some guidance on choosing a car to learn to drive in?
We can help you decide if you would like to give us a call.
Is it sensible to do driving lessons before passing the theory test?
Often students are told by other companies that practical driving lessons shouldn’t be started until the theory test has been completed. It does make sense to understand driving and cars better before commencing practical driving lessons. Smart Drive UK takes a slightly different approach; we believe that the combination of theoretical and practical training at the same time can be more beneficial. The combination creates a synergy that makes it easier to grasp elements of driver training at the same time. Those that start practical driving lessons and then take the theory test tend to pass more easily.
How long should I expect driving lessons to last?
We understand it’s important to plan your driving lessons around your other daily activities. The length of lessons will be decided based on your aptitude and the instructor you work with. The training system that we use, and the structures of the courses we run, mean that most lessons tend to be around two hours. Give us a call if you would like lesson schedules that can get you to your goal faster over a longer period.
How frequently should my driving lessons be done?
We are well aware that your schedule is likely different from everyone else’s. However, progression as you learn to drive is best if you do a minimum of two hours per week. You need to work out whether this works for you. So, tailor the effort to fit two hours a week. You can opt for a more flexible schedule, which will be more than happy to accommodate. We can arrange driving lessons on several days in a row to speed your progress toward your practical driving test. No matter what your daily schedule looks like, we have you covered.
Is it possible to learn to drive in my car?
If you have your car you may feel more comfortable during driving lessons in it. This is not only understandable but also a great idea, especially if you plan to use the car for your driving test. If you have a new car that you are trying to get used to then this can make even more sense. We’re more than happy for you to use your vehicle for driving lessons and for practicing driving at Smart Drive UK.

However, this is only possible if the car is roadworthy, registered and comprehensively insured. Will verify that your car is right for your lessons by inspecting your papers, and your insurance company will have to be notified about the driving lessons in the car. We suggest you move lessons and your vehicle only when it is safe to do so, and we normally recommend that you begin lessons in a dual-controlled car and by your driving instructor.

Are all vehicles dual controlled?
Smart Drive UK driving instructors teach in dual control cars.
Will the driving training fit around my work and family commitments?
Yes. The training program is very flexible and Fitchett will fit around your work and family commitments subject to availability
What else can I do to help me pass my driving tests?
Your driving instructor will guide you and provide feedback, and as long as you take it on board you will have a good chance of passing your driving test. By taking notes after lessons on the feedback provided you can enhance your chances of taking on board the information. Then you can go into each new lesson having assimilated the information from the previous one. Your driver training process can also be improved by watching additional resources and your driving instructor can advise you on what to watch.
How do you know when you are ready for your practical driving test?
Your driving instructor will advise you when you are ready to book/take your practical driving test based on your progress level within your driving lessons. They understand what you will need to be able to do to partial test and will be continually assessing you against these levels
Can I do my practical driving test in the same car as my lessons?
Any fully insured car can be used for your driving test. Our guidance is that you choose to do your driving test in your driving instructor’s car, as that is what you have become familiar with.
Will my instructor be in the car during my driving test?
It is possible for driving instructors to come on the test with you [subject to COVID-19 rules]. Your driving test examiner will probably ask you if you would like your instructor to accompany you on the test. You can discuss the test with your driving instructor to decide whether it is a good idea or not. It is normally the case that automatic cars are easier and faster to learn than learning to drive a manual car.
Can a pregnant woman take driving lessons?
Pregnancy shouldn’t stop you from taking driving lessons. Talk to your doctor or medical professional if you are concerned about any aspect of driving when pregnant.
Does Smart Drive UK offer intensive driving courses?
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Are you looking to start a driving job?
People choose to learn to drive fast for a variety of reasons. Irrespective of your reasons, to get you through your exam, Smart Drive UK will work for you. You’ll soon be a competent, confident, and comfortable driver.
Do you want to develop advanced driving skills?
You might want this if you taught yourself how to drive or received only basic training. We can develop you into an expert driver by taking you through the advanced driving course, providing you with the skills and knowledge that you need. Many drivers in London have grown into advanced drivers thanks to our advanced driving courses. If you want to find out more information about our advanced driving courses then get in touch with our advisors today.
Are there any costs I need to plan for?
The driving lessons form the biggest cost for most people when looking to pass the driving test. You also have to budget for the test fees. Click the link below to see what the current test fees are.

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As the leading driving school in the United Kingdom, Smart Drive UK offers fully personalised lessons tailored to your goals, whether you want to pass your exam quickly or take your time getting used to being behind the wheel. All of our lessons follow the Drivers Standards Agency guidelines and offer the highest standards of safety, allowing you to relax knowing that our experienced instructors can handle any situation.

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Our courses are designed to build experience and confidence in all of our learner drivers at a pace that suits you. Smart Drive UK offers unique pre-lesson learning sessions ensure that once you’re in the car, you’ll spend as much time driving as possible – not talking to the instructor about driving. This approach ensures not only that you’ll progress quickly – but also that you’ll get the absolute most from your money.

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At Smart Drive UK you get to choose the time and length of your lessons so they fit perfectly into your schedule. Our instructors will take your previous knowledge and goals into account, making our programme perfect for both experienced and novice drivers alike and letting you progress at the pace that works for you. Whether you want to slowly build confidence or quickly pass your test, you can’t go wrong with Smart Drive UK!

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